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Online campaign to raise money for Conley's funeral

A fundraising effort has started to raise money for the funeral of 7-year-old Conley Thompson.

Online campaign to raise money for Conley's funeral

The target set for the fundraiser is £5,000.

Conley's body was found on a construction site near his home in Barnsley. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.


A book of condolence opened for Conley

South Yorkshire police are still trying to trace the final movements of Conley Thompson after he left his friends at a play park two miles from his home in Worsborough.

Conley's body was found on the site by workman yesterday morning. He died after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe. The company carrying out work at the site - Howard Civil Engineering - says it is cooperating with the police investigation.

Today, a book of condolence was opened at a church near his home. Martin Fisher reports.

School: Conley will 'stay in our hearts forever'

Staff at the school 7-year-old Conley Thompson attended have offered their condolences to his family.

School: Conley will 'stay in our hearts forever'

His body was found yesterday on a construction site following an overnight search.

Worsbrough Bank End Primary's Head Teacher Nichola Thorpe said Conley's smile would stay in their hearts forever:

Following the recent tragic event in Worsbrough, all of us at Worsbrough Bank End Primary school wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Conley Thompson at this very difficult time. We especially want to send all the children who knew and were school friends with Conley, our love. Conley’s big smile and sparkly eyes will stay in our hearts forever; Bank End Primary will not be the same in September without him. Staff are being well supported by the Senior Leadership Team who in turn are being guided by Strategic Services at Barnsley Council.

– Nichola Thorpe, Head teacher, Worsbrough Bank End Primary

A 'deplorable' breach of trust, says CPS

Simon Reynolds, the Church of England vicar who defrauded his parish of over £16,000 was jailed for 32 months at Sheffield Crown Court today.

“It is hard to imagine a more deplorable and flagrant breach of trust than a vicar stealing money from his own parishioners. The offences he has committed are of an enormous significance considering the position of trust that Reynolds held within his community. The qualities one would most associate with his position -honesty, trust and integrity have been completely abandoned in an attempt to fund his lifestyle.

“These offences were further compounded when he absconded after his trial, triggering an extensive manhunt. The sentence handed down today sends a clear message that no-one is above the law, and we will prosecute all such cases robustly.”

– Caroline Tubb, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside


'No suspicious circumstances' surround 7-year-old's death

There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of 7-year-old Barnsley boy Conley Thompson, police have said following a post-mortem.

Police said they would now focus on how Thompson accessed the construction site where he slipped into a pipe and died.

The results of the post mortem suggest that Conley had, by some means, entered a vertical pipe on a nearby construction site and was unable to get out.

Conley's weight caused him to fall further into the pipe and pushed his clothing up around his body restricting his breathing.

There is no suggestion of any third party involvement.

Our job is to now piece together Conley's movements on Sunday evening and establish how he accessed the construction site.

Forming part of that investigation we will continue to work with the Health and Safety Executive and our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Conley at this extremely difficult time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, the Senior Investigating officer
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Security firm 'reported children at site numerous times'

A security firm previously employed on the construction site where the body of Conley Thompson was found said it had reported "numerous occasions" of children trying to get in.

Peter Taylor, manager of Security Guards UK, said the company was no longer employed on the site at Bank End Road in Worsbrough near Barnsley although its signs remained.

He said: "We were employed on the site until July 16. During the time we did report on numerous occasions kids trying to get into the site and various trespassers.

"If a security guard was on site then he would have spotted it and would have prevented it from happening. We are very sorry for the family's loss."

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Police checked site before builders found boy's body

A construction site where the body of missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson was found by builders this morning was checked by police officers last night, the force have said.

The construction site where Conley Thompson's body was found Credit: PA Wire

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford said the site in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley was checked "during the hours of darkness" by officers after Conley was reported missing just after 10pm last night and found to be securely locked with a large perimeter fence.

He said the investigation was declared as a "critical incident" and around 50 officers were drafted in with searches taking place throughout the night.

The youngster's body was found by construction workers at 8.30am this morning.

Det Chief Inspector Stopford added: “The investigation continues into the cause of Conley's death and we are working with the Health and Safety Executive as part of that investigation.”

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